Sunday, May 26 2013 1:38 AM EDT2013-05-26 05:38:58 GMT
Scattered showers make for a less than ideal Indianapolis 500 forecast. Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race… but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showersMore >>
WTHR coverage of the Indy 500 begins at 5am. Gates open at 5:30am. The race is scheduled to begin at 12:12pm. More >>
Sunday, May 26 2013 12:24 AM EDT2013-05-26 04:24:07 GMT
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His friends surprised him with a ride in a two-seater with Mario AndrettiMore >>
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:48:38 GMT
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track. Ten years and a day after his NationwideMore >>
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:40:27 GMT
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the IndianapolisMore >>
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:09:39 GMT
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 22-year-old Joshua Burton of Bloomington died atMore >>
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:05:14 GMT
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington. D.C. police say the collision occurred late Friday night at the intersection of 23rdMore >>
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:02:27 GMT
The National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly from calm and inviting to rough and dangerousMore >>
National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:58:35 GMT
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ChiefMore >>
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:46:57 GMT
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county, alleging he provided incompetent counsel that kept her from running for re-election. TheMore >>
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:41:11 GMT
The force is with the Indiana State Museum. The Indianapolis Star reports an exhibition called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" opened at the museum this weekend. The exhibit lets visitorsMore >>
The force is with the Indiana State Museum.More >>
Indianapolis - The State of Indiana suspended 16,000 licenses in 2010 for drunk driving-related charges. But 13 Investigates has uncovered a loophole in the law allowing some of those same dangerous offenders back on the road - some of them even drunk.
They're not driving cars, but motorized cycles. We took a look at who's behind those low-powered wheels with no license or insurance and putting your families at risk.
"I remember going to a friend's house and drinking. I don't remember leaving his house," 49-year-old Randy Bunton admitted about the night last October he crashed into a turning car at one of Muncie's busiest intersections.
13 Investigates caught up with Bunton in a Muncie park. His only form of transportation these days are his own two feet. Now each hard, cold step serves as a sobering reminder of a near lethal mix.
"Next thing I knew I woke up in a hospital. I broke my wrist," he said, showing our cameras the plate and screws now supporting fragile bones.
Bunton, an admitted serial drunk driver, was riding what Indiana calls a motorized bicycle. In street slang they're known as "Liquor Cycles: A small..low horse-powered 49cc scooter or moped, used by those who have obtained excessive DUI's and can't drive a normal vehicle legally."
Police call them dangerous in the wrong hands.
"And they're back out driving, and they're driving drunk. Some of them are on those mopeds drunk," said Sgt. Bruce Qualls, a Crash Reconstruction and Traffic Enforcement Supervisor with Muncie Police.
On the night Bunton crashed, his blood alcohol content measured .265 - more than three times the legal limit drunk.
13 Investigates asked Bunton about his troubling drunk driving history.
"Driving under the influence, Driving While intoxicated, Operating Under the Influence, and Operating while intoxicated. Several of all of those," he said without apology. "It's terrible," he later added shrugging his shoulders.
State law says anyone at least 15 years old with either a state ID or a valid driver's license can ride a motorized bicycle, with speeds topping 25 miles per hour.
Sgt. Qualls says that's just wrong. He calls Indiana's laws outdated and the consequences appalling.
"If you're suspended, you shouldn't be on the moped, just that simple. To me, it's like saying, 'ha, you took my license, but I can still drive'", Qualls said in disbelief, noting that suspended drivers are openly flaunting the loophole.
Outside Hamilton County Community Corrections, Larry Mullins' moped gets reserved parking.
"I'm warming it up right now to go to work," Mullins told 13 Investigates a very cold afternoon in December. "Usually this whole parking lot right here is full of them. There's at least 15 or 20 of us right now that still ride them."
This is the last stop for offenders between prison and their impending release. Part of their successful transition requires them to get a job and go to work. For many, a moped is the only answer, says Executive Director Ralph Watson.
"At any given time half of our population probably does not have a driver's license. Many times it's because of a criminal offense," explained Watson.
That was the case with Larry Mullins.
"It's suspended right now," he admitted to 13 Investigates.
"So you can't drive a car or truck legally?" we asked.
"Yeah," Mullins responded, but noted that in Indiana, "A 50cc moped...yes, you can."
But Mullins wasn't as familiar with the rules of the road on a 50cc moped.
"Actually I don't even know, tell the God's honest truth. I just drive it," he conceded.
Whether it's unpaid tickets, accidents with no insurance or DUI's, the moped is a popular choice among those putting in their time, and braving extreme possibly dangerous conditions on the road. On the day we visited Hamilton County Community Corrections, temperatures were below freezing and snow and ice in parking lots and some roadways.
"There is concern about that from a safety issue. Many of these individuals may have lost their license because of a past history, but they've worked very hard to stay drug and alcohol free," added Watson, who recognized the efforts of offenders trying to making positive changes.
Moped drivers at the half-way house are tested for alcohol as they walk in the door. But it's hit or miss for those on the outside.
In September 2008, a repeat drunk driver who was suspended but back on the road on a moped slowed to turn into a drive off busy US 24 in Cass County when a dump truck swerved to miss him, and instead crashed into a school bus. Four children were killed.
The moped was on a federal two-lane highway with posted speeds of 55 miles per hour. The driver was not charged, or tested for alcohol. Indiana law only prohibits mopeds on the interstate.
"If it's dangerous to be on an interstate at 70 mph, why is it not dangerous to be on a state highway at 55? Or on a city street at 40 mph?" argued Qualls about apparent contradictions in the law.
Not even a life time suspension can stop a habitual offender from getting on Indiana roads on a moped. The big question is, if they're caught driving drunk, can they be charged with driving under the influence? Delaware County Prosecutors say yes.
Randy Bunton was ticketed for OWI but has yet to go to court for the October crash. Delaware County says it's still awaiting toxicology tests.
"Yes, I have a lifetime suspension, that's why I buy scooters," Bunton said of his status with the State of Indiana.
"You didn't have to have a license, or plates or insurance or any of that?," 13 Investigates asked him.
"I loved all of that. You know it, it gave me mobility. But I abused it," Bunton said of the loophole he's been taking advantage of for years.
"People like me should have a breathalyzer on their scooter. Something needs to be done. But I just don't know what," Bunton said.
Right now there are two bills before the Indiana House of Representatives dealing with mopeds. But neither specifically addresses the issue of suspended drivers.
We took our findings to the lawmakers who actually authored the bills. We'll tell you why they say this is a life and death situation. Our investigation continues Tuesday on Eyewitness News at 5:30
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:53 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:53:25 GMT
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna confirmed that Charles "Chuck" Everson,More >>
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:10 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:10:36 GMT
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district. Terry Spradlin of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education PolicyMore >>
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:44:05 GMT
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up onMore >>
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up on a remote beach there.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 16:45:20 GMT
Floats and bands are beginning to line the streets Saturday morning for the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the parade were judged Thursday evening. The 2013More >>
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:42:48 GMT
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway. The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Dwayne Davis of Parker City, 19-year-oldMore >>
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway.More >>